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Tuesday June 5 2012
Italy rest Balotelli in training

Mario Balotelli only took part in light training on Tuesday in Italy’s final session before leaving for Euro 2012.

The Manchester City player didn’t feature in the full work out this morning for precautionary reasons after picking up a quad problem on Monday.

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Tuesday June 5 2012
Barzagli hopeful of recovery

The injured Andrea Barzagli is remaining optimistic that he will be able to feature for Italy at Euro 2012 this summer.

Barzagli is struggling with a calf strain that could see him sidelined for the next 20 days and he may be replaced in the squad before the tournament begins.

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Tuesday June 5 2012
Astori on stand-by for Euro 2012

Cagliari defender Davide Astori is in pole position to replace Andrea Barzagli if the latter is withdrawn from Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.

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Tuesday June 5 2012
Criscito stakes claim for recall

Domenico Criscito claims he should be called up to the Italy squad if Andrea Barzagli is ruled out of Euro 2012 with injury. “I was made a promise.”

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Monday June 4 2012
Four Serie A names up for Golden Foot

Juventus duo Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon and Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Clarence Seedorf are all nominated for the annual Golden Foot award.

The Golden Foot, which has been running since 2003, is awarded to European-based footballers aged 29 or above, recognising their achievements both on and off the field of play.

The 2012 edition of the award sees Buffon and Pirlo as Italy’s representatives, and alongside Ibra and Seedorf as four Serie A-based men in contention against six other candidates.

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Monday June 4 2012
Balotelli OK, 20 days for Barzagli

Mario Balotelli has been granted an injury reprieve, but Andrea Barzagli is all but ruled out of Euro 2012 for the Azzurri.

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Monday June 4 2012
Marchisio: ‘We’ve beaten Spain before’

Claudio Marchisio is cautiously optimistic for Italy in the face of playing Spain at the weekend, knocking down suggestions of a repeat of the last World Cup.

The Azzurri were eliminated in South Africa 2010 at the group stages after failing to win a single one of their Group F games.

However, in preparing to kick off 2012’s European Championships in Group C against the tournament’s favourites and defending champions Spain, midfielder Marchisio urges serenity and optimism.

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Monday June 4 2012
Balotelli picks up injury - report

Italy’s injury fears for Euro 2012 have taken another turn for the worse as Mario Balotelli was reportedly forced to abandon Monday’s training session.

Following on from the recent news that defender Andrea Barzagli could miss the Azzurri’s entire group stage because of a calf strain, there are now concerns over Balotelli’s availability after he had to leave the team’s afternoon training early.

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Monday June 4 2012
Abate has Euro 2012 optimism

Ignazio Abate is confident that Italy will have a good European Championship despite Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Russia.

“It was quite a balanced game against Russia until 10 minutes from the end,” the Milan right-back stated at the Azzurri’s Coverciano training base. “We missed a lot of scoring chances.

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Monday June 4 2012
Barzagli could miss Euro 2012

Andrea Barzagli could potentially be ruled out of the 2012 European Championship after the Italian picked up an injury.

The Juventus stopper has suffered a calf strain that Azzurri medics fear could see him sidelined for the next 20 days.

Italy are set to assess his condition before making a decision on whether to replace him in the squad with another stopper. They will have until 24 hours before their Spanish tie on Sunday to request a squad change.

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